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RAF Pathfinder Base
Hullo, I'm Tom - my piccie is on next page, see Pathfinder Book Corner.
The plane here is one of the Pathfinder Halifax 11GRs I flew with 614 Pathfinder Squadron.

Why Pathfinders? In 1942 I was an RAAF pilot on the way to Britain when our convoy had to survive attack by submarines.   I arrived in a Britain on her knees from loss of shipping sunk by German submarines and from German bombing.  RAF bombers were flying from England to destroy German manufacturing, particularly of submarines, but darkness, ground mists, bad weather and German defences frustrated their attacks.

Enter Australian Don Bennett. He arranged for selected and specially trained flying crews to form the RAF Pathfinder Force (PFF).  Pathfinders would lead the way. It was the big turning point in the effectiveness of RAF bombers and the beginning of victory in WWII.  

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